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Table tennis diplomacy in Australia

A four-day table tennis tournament now in its fifth year is underway in Australia.

The participate teams are from Australia, China, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, and Malaysia.

The first two days of competition started in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop and Chinese ambassador Ma Zhaoxu attended the event.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PETER MARRIOTT, CEO, Table Tennis Australia
“This event is very much about relationship in table tennis. Australian table tennis needs to get better internationally, and whom we can get better from is Chinese.”

The event can not only get people from different countries and cultures close but also prove the popularity of table tennis in Australia.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): PETER MARRIOTT, CEO, Table Tennis Australia
“Australia wants to make this event bigger and bigger every year. We look to add other two teams next year. We just want to continue this sport diplomacy between Australia and international table tennis.”

The tournament was first held by a former Australian tennis player, John Alexander. He found there is big percentage of Asian migration in Bennelong, and many school kids like to play table tennis instead of other sports. He started the event called “The Schools’ Table Tennis program” in 2011.

Now The Bennelong Cup Competition is an official annual sporting event involving the Australian table tennis team and international competitors.

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